UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards (ROTA)
UTEP’s 2017 UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA) recipients:
- Song An, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education
- Isabel Baca, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor; Director of Community Writing Partners Program; Director of Undergraduate Bilingual Professional Writing Certificate Program
- Ann Branan Horak, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor of Practice of Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies
To see a list of our past winners, CLICK HERE and select UT El Paso.
UTEP Call for Nominations
In 2017, the UT System awarded 19 awards to tenure/tenure track faculty in the UT System and 11 awards to contingent faculty. UTEP received two tenure/tenure track and one contingent faculty award.
In 2018, it is anticipated, but not confirmed, that a similar number of 30 total ROTA awards will be made. It is likely a minimum of two awards, one tenure/tenure track and one contingent, will be awarded to UTEP faculty.
In fall 2017, tenured faculty, tenure track faculty, and contingent faculty may self-nominate through their Chair or department head to their college or school in response to this announcement, and in accordance with the timeline established (see attachment).
From the pool of nominees, each college and school will subsequently recommend one tenure/tenure track and one contingent nomination for consideration. These will be reviewed by a University Selection Committee; a committee that includes recent UT ROTA winners and representatives of the University Administration. The committee will recommend to the Provost a final listing of five total UTEP nominations. These final five nominations will continue to be developed until submission to UT System, following completion in early March, 2018.
Note: This information is subject to update as new information becomes available. Updates are not anticipated to impact the essential structure, criteria, and requirements for awards.
2017- 2018 Cycle UTEP Nomination Process
1. Faculty Compile Draft Application Packets: September 8 – November 3, 2017
Tenured faculty, tenure track faculty, and contingent faculty may self-nominate in response to this announcement. To do so, the faculty member must draft an up to 75-page packet sent to their Dean through their Chair or department head.
The draft nomination packet includes these parts:
- Cover page with the following information
- Nominee’s name and title
- Summer contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and email address.
- Table of Contents
- Including section and subsection headings
- Paginated for ready reference.
- Teaching Portfolio
- A statement of the nominee’s teaching philosophy
- The syllabi for three undergraduate courses taught in the last three years, and:
- An example of course materials from each course
- An example of assessments used to ascertain student attainment of learning outcomes from each course
- An example of student engagement in learning from each course (such as active learning strategies, field experiences, service learning, learning communities, and/or undergraduate research)
- A description and any relevant artifacts that illustrate the nominee’s approach to continuous quality improvement of course materials.
- Letters of Support
- Three letters of support from undergraduate students taught in the last three years
- Supporting Materials
- Student evaluations for each undergraduate course taught over the last three years. Results should be displayed in comparison to college norms.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Evidence of teaching awards
- Evidence of discipline-related interaction with undergraduate students beyond the classroom (if not adequately illustrated in other materials).
In preparing a nomination packet, keep in mind and pay careful attention to the ROTA selection criteria:
Draft UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award Selection Criteria
|Proposed ROTA Selection Criteria||Section(s)|
|Sustained high performance in student exit (end-of-course) evaluations for more than one undergraduate course, at any undergraduate level; evidence to include high evaluation scores and trends.||Supporting Materials|
|Syllabi clearly articulate the expected student learning outcomes and major assignments clearly and compellingly align with those outcomes. Compelling recommendations from students, peer faculty and department chair that speak highly of nominees’ curriculum quality and classroom expertise.||Teaching Portfolio, Letters of Support|
|Provides clear and compelling evidence of incorporating faculty scholarship in course materials and content that together inspire students’ curiosity and creativity.||Teaching Portfolio|
|Provides clear and compelling commitment to and evidence of continuous improvement and innovation in the preparation of course materials.||Teaching Portfolio|
|Clear and compelling commitment to high quality undergraduate education from participation in teacher training and/or academic teaching conferences.||Supporting Materials|
|Demonstrates a clear and compelling focus on undergraduate student engagement in the learning process through innovative and inclusive teaching techniques. Employs a variety of teaching tools and mediums in order to accommodate different learning styles.||Teaching Portfolio|
|Evidence of teaching awards received at department, college or university levels or elsewhere (professional discipline associations).||Supporting Materials|
|Clear and compelling discipline-related interaction with undergraduate students beyond the classroom, such as sponsorship of student organizations or scholastic fraternities, field experiences, and undergraduate research.||Multiple Sections|
|Additional extraordinary commitment to teaching including mentoring undergraduate students, service learning, engagement, advising, and high quality investigative experiences.||Multiple Sections|
The deadline for the submission of the nomination packet, as a single PDF file including contents tabs, to your Dean, through your Chair, is November 3, 2017.
The nomination package must contain all parts (including support letters) and follow all known guidelines required by the UT-Regents (See the UT ROTA 2018 website).
Deadline for submission of nomination packet to the Dean (through the department Chair): November 3, 2017.
2. Review and Selection by each College: November 3 through November 28, 2017
Colleges will review the drafted nomination packets and choose representatives in each of the two categories (“tenure/tenure track” and “contingent”) and provide their nominations to the Center for Faculty Leadership and Development, in order that UTEP may create a strong and academically diverse group of drafted nominations.
Deadline for Deans to submit a nomination packets in each of the 2 ROTA categories to the Center for Faculty Leadership and Development: November 28, 2017.
The nomination package must contain all parts (including support letters) and follow all known guidelines required by the UT-Regents (See the UT ROTA 2018 website). The Deans will submit nominations to a secure online server: access will be established by the Center for Faculty Leadership and Development. If you have any questions or issues with accessing or uploading a file, please contact Karla Ramirez (ext. 8793 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that once uploaded, you cannot make changes to your file until the internal screening concludes.
Deadline for submission of completed nomination packets to CFLD via DropBox: November 28, 2017.
3. Review and Screening by UTEP ROTA Selection Committee: November 28, 2017 – January 22, 2018.
The Center for Faculty Leadership and Development will convene and facilitate the University Selection Committee, a committee that includes recent UT ROTA winners and representatives of the University Administration. The Committee will recommend to the Provost’s Office the top five nominees for the quotas UT Regents allocate to UTEP (three Tenured/Tenure-Track, and two Contingent). The review process will run from November 28 – January 22, 2017. The Provost will make the final recommendation, and inform the UTEP nominees of their selection by January 30, 2018.
4. Refinement Process: January 30, 2018 – March 8, 2018.
The five selected UTEP nominees will engage in a critical refinement process using peer review with administrators, fellow nominees, and previous UTEP UTROTA Winners. This refinement process will run from January 30, 2017 – March 8, 2018.
5. Presidential Review: Commences March 9, 2018
Submission of recommended nominations for Presidential review: March 9, 2018.
6. UTEP ROTA Submission
The Provost’s Office submits the nominations to the UT System prior to the UT System’s specified date (presumably, late March 2018).